Mark Danzenbaker

CEO

Mark Danzenbaker has been with GridPoint since 2009 in several leadership positions. As CEO since 2016, Mr. Danzenbaker is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable future by creating an intelligent energy network of grid-interactive buildings. Prior to GridPoint, Mr. Danzenbaker was with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Mr. Danzenbaker holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a B.S. degree from James Madison University.

 


Thomas Kloster

CFO

Thomas Kloster, Chief Financial Officer, is a strategic finance executive with over three decades of experience enhancing the performance of tech-enabled businesses. As CFO of Gridpoint, Mr. Kloster is responsible for partnering with and supporting the company’s leaders to drive growth of our industry-leading intelligent network while directly overseeing all financial matters. He is focused on optimizing GridPoint’s financial structure to support the company’s rapid growth, driving cost initiatives, evaluating corporate and business development opportunities and managing investor relationships.

Throughout his career, Mr. Kloster has successfully enhanced the performance of multiple SaaS based tech-enabled businesses resulting in strategic sales or public equity offerings. He also has extensive experience leading corporate finance functions, raising debt and equity capital, and negotiating and integrating mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Kloster holds a B.B.A in Accounting from the University of Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 


Melissa Blanken

CMO

Melissa Blanken, Chief Marketing Officer, is a go-to-market expert with over two decades of experience boosting brand awareness and sales opportunities for fast-growing, disruptive telecom, energy, and technology companies. At GridPoint, Ms. Blanken is responsible for leading the company’s global marketing efforts, while helping to drive relationships with businesses, utilities, strategic partners and investors. She also drives the positioning and go-to-market strategy for new product launches and features.

Prior to GridPoint, she served as the head of marketing for Kajeet, a leading provider of software and hardware solutions that deliver safe and reliable internet connectivity. Before that, she held senior marketing and strategy roles at leading telecom, energy and technology companies including Nextel, Boost Mobile, Sprint, Clearwire and Constellation Energy. Ms. Blanken earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

 


Jason Narod

Senior Vice President, Revenue and Customer Experience

Jason Narod is the Senior Vice President of Revenue and Customer Experience and is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of all customer facing activity at GridPoint. Previously, Mr. Narod was the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and had responsibility for all of GridPoint’s partnerships and channel sales.

Prior to GridPoint, Mr. Narod was Manager of Business Development at NRG Energy where he structured strategic partnerships to drive growth for NRG’s solar division. Mr. Narod was also an early member of the Locus Energy team where he helped grow the company from a small start-up to the largest independent provider of asset monitoring solutions in the United States. Mr. Narod holds an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.

 


Deepak Budhiraja

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Product Management

Deepak Budhiraja is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Project Management and is responsible for product strategy, product management, and energy analytics. Mr. Budhiraja has 20+ years of experience in product development, marketing, and engineering across smart buildings, energy management, HVAC controls, and IT consulting industries.

Prior to joining GridPoint, Mr. Budhiraja was a Senior Product Manager at Carrier Corporation where he managed the residential thermostats HVAC controls business. Mr. Budhiraja began his career in the technology industry and has held various positions at Intel Corporation and other IT consulting companies. Mr. Budhiraja holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelors of Engineering from India.

 


David Lowman

Senior Vice President, Engineering

David Lowman is Senior Vice President of Engineering, Technical Operations and IT teams. Mr. Lowman applies more than 25 years of management and experience with companies in multiple industries to design, deliver, and operate large scale, complex, diverse, and mission critical systems. At GridPoint, Mr. Lowman has measurably improved GridPoint’s portfolio of solutions.

Prior to joining GridPoint, Mr. Lowman performed in senior leadership roles at Neustar for a truly innovative digital content management system serving tens of millions of subscribers worldwide; at Sonus Networks for high performance and highly adaptable billing mediation technology deployed in major telecommunications carrier networks the world over; and at BDM for leading edge electronic data exchange systems for Federal agencies. Mr. Lowman holds an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Virginia Tech.

 


Thomas Nelson

General Counsel & Senior Vice President

Thomas Nelson is General Counsel and Senior Vice President for GridPoint and is responsible for the company’s legal affairs.  Previously, Mr. Nelson was Of Counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he represented clients on a variety of intellectual property and litigation matters. Prior to that, Mr. Nelson performed engineering, sales, and marketing roles at organizations in the electronics sector.  Mr. Nelson holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.  He is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Virginia bars and is a registered patent attorney.

 


Jennifer Faulkner

Senior Vice President, Platform Delivery

Jennifer Faulkner is Senior Vice President of Platform Delivery and is responsible for managing all delivery functions including Global Supply Chain Management, Installation Services, Operational Engineering including design of energy solutions, Quality Assurance and Business Operations.

Prior to this role, Ms. Faulkner was Director and then Vice President of the Delivery and Support teams at GridPoint from 2009-2017, and Installation Manager at ADMMicro for five years before GridPoint’s acquisition of the company in 2009. Ms. Faulkner graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from Mary Baldwin University and holds an MBA from Radford University’s Davis College of Business and Economics.